1155

Friday, 22 March 2019

At 11:18 on Friday 22nd March Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with the location and evacuation of a horse rider who had sustained a suspected head injury.

Fifteen CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and deployed in team vehicles or directly to the incident near Bingley St Ives.

First on scene was a CVSRT Paramedic, who assessed the casualty and provided medical care, assisted by a further team member, until a YAS Paramedic crew arrived. The casualty was then transferred to, and immobilised on a spinal board and kept warm under a ‘cas shelter’.

Once additional CVSRT resources arrived on scene the casualty was moved onto a stretcher using a vacuum mattress and evacuated to an ambulance for onward transport to hospital. West Yorkshire Police assisted safe transfer of the casualty into the ambulance by temporarily closing the road.

Following stand-down of the incident team members returned home or to their place of work to continue their day.

In Attendance: 15 CVSRT
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
West Yorkshire Police
Total Duration: 2hrs 14mins

Additional Info

  • Date Friday, 22 March 2019
  • Location Bingley St Ives
  • Grid Reference SE 08411 38959
  • Latitude 53.846805
  • Longitude -1.8736410
  • Man Hours 33.4
  • Members In Attendance 15
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1153

Thursday, 07 March 2019

At 17:44 on Thursday 7th March Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police, who had received a 999 call, to locate and evacuate two walkers who were lost due to being overcome by darkness near Alcomden Stones, Stanbury Moor.

Phone Find, an app which sends a message to the missing persons’ phone asking for its location, was used successfully and a partial team response of 12 was mobilised to assist the, cold but uninjured, walkers.

The walkers were quickly located, provided with extra warm layers to wear and walked off the hill to team vehicles. Following a welcome hot drink West Yorkshire Police returned them safely to their nearby holiday cottage.

Following stand-down of the incident team members returned to the Rescue Post to wash vehicles, sort and repack kit before heading home to continue their evenings.

In Attendance: 12 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police
Total Duration: 2hrs 46mins

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 07 March 2019
  • Location Alcomden Stones
  • Grid Reference SD 97270 35740
  • Latitude 53.817931
  • Longitude -2.0429480
  • Man Hours 33.2
  • Members In Attendance 12
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1152

Sunday, 24 February 2019

At 19:41 on Sunday 24th February Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police, who had received a 999 call, to locate and evacuate two walkers who were lost and cold due to being overcome by darkness on the moors surrounding Gaddings Dam.

SARCALL, an app which sends a message to the missing persons’ phone asking for its location, was used successfully and a partial team response of 15 was mobilised to assist the walkers.

Fell parties, including ‘Jack’ a Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England search dog, approached the walkers last known point from two directions. The walkers were quickly located, provided with extra warm layers to wear and assessed by a team member under a ‘cas shelter’. After being warmed up sufficiently they were led off the moor to the Shepherds Rest Inn and their car.

Following stand-down of the incident team members returned with vehicles to the Rescue Post to sort and repack kit before heading home to continue their Sunday evenings.

In Attendance: 15 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police
Total Duration: 3hrs 4mins

Additional Info

  • Date Sunday, 24 February 2019
  • Location Walsden Moor
  • Grid Reference SD 94595 22088
  • Latitude 53.695205
  • Longitude -2.0833345
  • Man Hours 46.9
  • Members In Attendance 15
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1151

Saturday, 23 February 2019

At 13:54 today Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team were tasked by West Yorkshire Police, who had received a 999 call requesting Mountain Rescue, to locate and evacuate an injured female walker who had sustained a lower leg injury whilst out walking near Gaddings Dam.

15 CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and deployed in team vehicles or directly to the incident.

Once at the scene the casualty was assessed by a team member and her leg box splinted. She was then placed in a winter casualty bag and evacuated by stretcher to the roadside at the Shepherds Rest Inn. CVSRT then provided onward seated transport to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Following stand-down of the incident team members returned with vehicles to the Rescue Post to sort and repack kit, heading off to continue with their Saturday afternoons by 16:30.

In Attendance: 15 CVSRT

Total Duration: 2hrs 34mins

Photo credit: Hanners Photography

 

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 23 February 2019
  • Location Gaddings Path, Lumbutts
  • Grid Reference SD 94673 22865
  • Latitude 53.702194
  • Longitude -2.0821667
  • Man Hours 40.5
  • Members In Attendance 15
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1149

Saturday, 16 February 2019

#CALLOUT At 21:45 yesterday, Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to assist with location and evacuation of an injured female on steep ground in Colden Clough, Hebden Bridge.

Fifteen CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and deployed in team vehicles or directly to the incident.

On arrival at the scene CVSRT members joined West Yorkshire Police officers in undertaking a rapid path search for the casualty, which, assisted by the National Police Air Service, was successful within 18 minutes.

The casualty was then assessed by CVSRT members and YAS Hazardous Area Response Team Paramedics. Following on-scene treatment the casualty was packaged and placed on a stretcher which had been lowered down the steep slope using a rope rescue system established by all agencies present – at this point it had become a full multi-agency response with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service also in attendance.

The rope rescue system was then used to haul the stretcher up a steep slope to safe ground above and carried 1.5 kilometres to a YAS ambulance crew waiting at the nearest road head. 

Following stand-down of the incident team members returned with vehicles to the Rescue Post to sort, wash and repack kit, finally heading home at 02:45.

At 16:09 today CVSRT received the second request of the weekend - to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service with an incident at Otley Chevin. Twenty-one CVSRT members mobilised to the incident, however, stand-down was received en route.

In attendance: 15 CVSRT
National Police Air Service
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
West Yorkshire Police
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)
YAS Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)

Total duration: 5hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Saturday, 16 February 2019
  • Location Colden Clough
  • Grid Reference SD 97448 28089
  • Latitude 53.749168
  • Longitude -2.0401847
  • Man Hours 66.6
  • Members In Attendance 15
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1135

Monday, 05 November 2018

At 18:30 on Monday 5th November, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the search for a missing 70 year old male walker.

CVSRT members undertook an overnight search of open areas and woodland. In the early hours of Tuesday the search was enlarged to include fell parties and search dogs from eleven neighbouring Mountain Rescue Teams who were drafted in to continue the search in daylight hours.

The casualty was located at 11:45 on 6th November by HM Coastguard S92 helicopter with only minor injuries and taken to hospital for treatment.

Thank-you to all the Mountain Rescue England and Wales teams involved in assisting Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service; Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.

In Attendance: 37 CVSRT
Other : 90 Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA), Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.
West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
HM Coastguard S92 (Bristows Helicopters – Humberside)
Total Duration: 22hrs

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 05 November 2018
  • Location Stanbury
  • Grid Reference SE 00625 37081
  • Latitude 53.829991
  • Longitude -1.9919801
  • Man Hours 473.9
  • Members In Attendance 37 (+90)
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1147

Monday, 14 January 2019

At 15:20 on Monday 14th January Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with locating and evacuating an injured 55yr female who had sustained a suspected closed ankle fracture whilst out walking on Haworth Moor.

28 CVSRT members were available to respond immediately and deployed in team vehicles or directly to the incident.

The casualty was assessed by a team doctor and received pain relief and her ankle was box splinted. She was then placed in a winter casualty bag and evacuated by stretcher from the moorland to an ambulance waiting nearby.

In Attendance: 28 CVSRT, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, West Yorkshire Police

Total Duration: 2hrs 40mins

Additional Info

  • Date Monday, 14 January 2019
  • Location Haworth Moor
  • Grid Reference SE 99330 35830
  • Latitude 53.818747
  • Longitude -2.0116541
  • Man Hours 74.7
  • Members In Attendance 28
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Thursday, 27 December 2018

At 01:08 on Thursday 27th December, CVSRT were alerted to an ongoing search for a vulnerable missing pensioner with dementia who was reported missing in the Allerton Bywater area at 19:00hrs on Boxing Day.

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and WYP NPAS CarrGate were already involved with the ongoing search when extra help was requested for additional members from CVSRT and SARDA Search Dogs.

As CVSRT members arrived on-scene they were greeted with the fantastic news that the gentleman had just been found alive by members of Holme Valley MRT, and required immediate evacuation. He was promptly packaged and transferred by stretcher to an ambulance for treatment and onward journey to hospital.

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 27 December 2018
  • Location Allerton Bywater
  • Grid Reference SE 41750 27856
  • Latitude 53.745415
  • Longitude -1.3684275
  • Man Hours 51.6
  • Members In Attendance 10
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1140

Thursday, 06 December 2018

CVSRT received a request from West Yorkshire Police to assist with the ongoing search for Charles Handscomb who was reported missing from his home in Elland.

Before the full team was called out, several team members were en route to set up a control point for the search when they found the missing gentleman.

In attendance: 4 CVSRT
West Yorkshire Police
Duration: 2hrs 4mins.

Additional Info

  • Date Thursday, 06 December 2018
  • Location Elland Wood Bottom
  • Grid Reference SE 09654 22298
  • Latitude 53.697035
  • Longitude -1.8552630
  • Man Hours 11.3
  • Members In Attendance 4
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Learning to cope with all situations

Thursday, 06 December 2018

As most of you know, CVSRT is made up of specially trained volunteers from the community – all unpaid, all giving their time freely. We are committed to ensuring that the team is fully trained both physically and mentally prepared to support the community and emergency services, as well as our fellow mountain rescue team members.

On Tuesday 4th December, CVSRT welcomed several guests to The Rescue Post to share knowledge and recount their experiences from a variety of situations.

First up was Inspector Neil Taylor for Calderdale District of West Yorkshire Police, who came along to raise awareness for Dementia and concluded with a presentation on The Herbert Protocol. Dementia is a condition, which has no barriers, it affects men and women of all backgrounds, young and old. CVSRT are often called to support the emergency services, so it is very important for our members to recognise the signs and symptoms of dementia and know the appropriate actions to take to deal with the immediate situation.

West Yorkshire Police often call the team for assistance with the search for vulnerable missing persons. People go missing for a huge number of reasons. The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being introduced to West Yorkshire Police and other agencies to encourage carers to compile useful information, which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.

Carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, a form recording all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located, a photograph etc. In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily sent or handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information. The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.

CVSRT then welcomed Colm Farell and Counsellor Brian Turner from ‘Stamp Out Suicide (SOS)’ to talk to the team about the service they provide. SOS is a free phone line counselling service that is accessible to anyone in the UK and is there to support anyone with suicidal thoughts. Suicide is not something that hits out at any one select group of people, it can affect anyone, young or old, day or night.

As a team, we work closely with the emergency service in a variety of sensitive situations, which often include dealing with a high risk vulnerable person in their darkest moments. Being prepared for such situations and knowing how to approach and talk to a person with suicidal thoughts is crucial to achieve a successful conclusion and find the professional support the individual may need.

Concluding the training evening, CVSRT member Gary Smith shared information on Trauma Risk Management (TRiM), which is a peer support system designed to identify people (fellow team members) who may be at risk after a traumatic incident.

Like we mentioned at the start, CVSRT is made up of specially trained volunteers from the community… members of the community from a variety of backgrounds and professions, who don’t deal with traumatic incidents in their daily lives. TRiM is a confidential process, which ensures that members are signposted to professional sources of help.

CVSRT always strives to provide the best possible support to the community and the emergency services, however the safety and mental wellbeing of all our members is paramount.

To learn more about any of these topics, please follow the useful links below.

USEFUL LINKS

Dementia Awareness

Dementia Friends

The Herbert Protocol

Stamp Out Suicide (SOS) 

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team  For more info about Mountain Rescue Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) email: trim@cvsrt.org.uk

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